‘Adullam…all those who were in distress or in debt…gathered around him.’ (I Sam 22:1-2).
A cave is an underground chamber in a cliff or hillside. It is a hiding /escape destination from danger. The story of King David was one of undulating experience – chased around by Saul to the extent that he hated staying alive, disconnected from friends and families, living among his enemies etc. In the midst of these challenges, he escaped to the cave of Adullam where he turned back to God.
Adullam means a place of refuge (Psalm 46:1; 17:8; 91:4). Are you in similar situation like David? Run to God for safety and His name shall secure you from all attacks (Proverbs 18:10).
David did not only enjoy safety at Adullam, he became a magnet for “those who were in distress or in debt or discontented” (I Sam 22:2). These men rallied round him until David formed a strong military army out of them. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Lk 5:31 – 32).
Another lesson from this story is that strong churches are built from people who were in distress or in debt or discontented. It can be challenging building a church around people who are “settled in life”. Paul stated in
(I Cor 1:26-28) that God chose the foolish things of the world to teach the wise. Will you allow God to teach you couple of lessons inside the cave of Adullam?